Rules stopping police from chasing crooks on mopeds are to be reviewed — as moped crimes are up 600 per cent

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RESTRICTIVE rules over police pursuits of moped bandits are to be reviewed, the Home Office announced yesterday.

Crime involving mopeds, scooters and motorbikes has risen by 600 per cent in two years with more than 50 such offences now being carried out every day in London alone.

 There has been 600 per cent surge in moped-related crimes

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There has been 600 per cent surge in moped-related crimes

But cops say they are hampered by current police rules which state they can only give chase where the safety risk is proportionate to the crime, leading to cunning moped crooks removing helmets to prevent being pursued.

The Home Office review will make a recommendation on whether police need special legal protection from being prosecuted if a chase ends in a crash.

There were 24 police pursuit-related incidents in 2016/17 in which 28 people died – more than double the 13 deaths during the previous year.

Policing Minister Nick Hurd said it was vital officers were able to pursue criminals.

He said that “police have made us aware of the concern among some officers over the legal position when pursuing suspected offenders, including those on mopeds and scooters.”

Mr Hurd added : “While it is clearly vital that we protect public safety and that officers are accountable for their actions, it is also important that skilled officers have the confidence to protect the public by pursuing offenders where it is safe to do so.”

 Moped gangs have been using the vehicles to swiftly steal phones and valuables

Moped gangs have been using the vehicles to swiftly steal phones and valuables

The Police Federation, representing rank and file officers, welcomed the review.

Tim Rogers, of the Fed, said: “Momentum has been gathering in recent months and this marks a significant step in bringing about the change we feel is necessary.

“Trained professionals are being judged by the same standards as a member of the public in any normal driving situation with no differentiation in law to recognise the professional training emergency response drivers undertake.”

 Policing Minister Nick Hurd has welcomed the Home Office's review saying it is vital for officers to chase crooks on mopeds

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Policing Minister Nick Hurd has welcomed the Home Office’s review saying it is vital for officers to chase crooks on mopeds

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